L1 and L2 Production of Non-Lexical Hesitation Particles of German and English Native Speakers

  • Beeke Muhlack Department of Language Science and Technology, Saarland University Saarbrücken, Germany


This study focuses on the vowel quality of non-lexical hesitation particles produced by 24 English and German native speakers in their native language (L1) and their second language (L2) both of which are English and German. The aim is to show that a) English and German hesitation particles employ a different vowel quality and b) L2-learners of the respective language can adapt the native-like vowel quality if they are sufficiently proficient in their L2.